Meet Our Team

Executive Chef Jennifer Town

Executive Chef Jennifer Town

Using her creativity and passion for fresh, high quality ingredients, Purple Palm’s Executive Chef Jennifer Town has designed a unique culinary menu featuring classic dishes infused with exciting, innovative twists. Before bringing her culinary talents to Purple Palm Restaurant, she served as Sous Chef at the four-star Ritz Carlton in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. While there, she also worked in molecular gastronomy and studied under their Master French Pastry Chef. More recently, Chef Jennifer Town has worked in some of Palm Springs’ most iconic restaurants. She served as the Executive Sous Chef at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club Palm Springs, which she helped to open in 2009. She also served in Executive Chef roles at Purple Room Restaurant and Stage and at Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn.

General Manager Allen Canarutto

General Manager Allen Canarutto

Allen Canarutto brings more than 30 years of hospitality and restaurant experience to Purple Palm as its General Manager. Allen’s career began as a teenager, working at a local restaurant before participating in a life-changing hospitality training program as a college student at the Grand Concourse in Pittsburg. After working at the renowned Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center for nearly a decade, the East Coast native opted for a change in lifestyle, relocating to Palm Springs, his home now for more than 20 years. Allen takes special pride in the camaraderie amongst the entire restaurant staff as well as Purple Palm’s one-of-a-kind cuisine and beautiful, historic location. He points to the well-balanced, awe-inspiring craft cocktails on the Libations Menu as some of his must-try items.